In October, the University contracted with Dr. Susan Rankin from Penn State University and Rankin Consulting, Inc., to assist us in conducting a campus climate survey. Dr. Rankin has experience with campus climate surveys in over 90 colleges and universities across the country, including Millersville University within the PA State System of Higher Education.
Since 1987, the University has assessed climate in a number of different ways. For the year of our current self–study for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, it was determined that a comprehensive campus climate assessment would assist the self–study and inform a new strategic plan. The survey will be completed by students, faculty, staff, and administration (none of our previous assessment efforts have included the entire campus in this way). Dr. Rankin’s approach is based on the Transformational Tapestry Model of campus climate, which provides a framework to view and assess campus culture and develop integrated interventions for implementation to maximize equity.
The participation in the Campus Climate Survey was amazing! Given all of the competing demands on your time at this stage of the semester, I appreciate you making this a priority.
During the summer, the survey results will be analyzed and compiled into a report. Early in the fall semester, our consultant, Dr. Sue Rankin, will be on campus to present the results at a number of open forums. At this time, the entire report will be available for review by everyone in the campus community.
And then the work begins!
Assessing our climate only makes sense if we are ready to take action. The survey results will help us identify ways in which we can continue to strengthen our campus community. Be part of that change. We will develop a process to identify what those action steps might be, and we need you to be part of that, too. Stay tuned.
Greg R. Weisenstein
President, West Chester University